Cover Art Coverage: 9 New Titles!

February 22, 2017 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

Cover Art Coverage

The Rainbow Toots strike again, smiting the cover of a Thea Harrison book that we’re all so excited to read anyway. I suppose it’s egalitarian that both the best and the worst Paranormal Romances get equal visits from Terrible Cover Trolls.

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Exiled (Phoebe Meadows #3) by Amanda Carlson

Expected publication: March 24th 2017

Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

Struck (Phoebe Meadows, #1) Freed (Phoebe Meadows, #2)

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Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s only armed with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren’t planning to go down without a fight…

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James Says 

I don’t like the city skyline at all, but I love everything else. The model looks awesome and powerful, and most importantly she’s dressed appropriately.

Kim Says 

I like the powerful stance, and the daggers. It looks a bit like it’s trying to be urban fantasy AND high fantasy at the same time, but it’s not a bad thing.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones

Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Source: Goodreads

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First Grave on the Right (C... Second Grave on the Left (C... Third Grave Dead Ahead (Cha... Fourth Grave Beneath My Fee... Fifth Grave Past the Light ... Sixth Grave on the Edge (Ch... Seventh Grave and No Body (... Eighth Grave After Dark (Ch... The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Ch... The Curse of Tenth Grave (C... Eleventh Grave in Moonlight...

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

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James Says 

It matches the rest of the series, but all the covers have been a little too bland for me. Nothing about it makes me think supernatural except the title.

Kim Says 

It’s not terrible, but these covers all look a bit same-y. And the sprinkles kinda look like maggots.

Echoes in Death (In Death #44) by J. D. Robb

Published February 7th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Source: Goodreads

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Naked in Death (In Death, #1) Glory in Death (In Death, #2) Immortal in Death (In Death... Rapture in Death (In Death,... Ceremony in Death (In Death... Vengeance in Death (In Deat... Holiday in Death (In Death,... Conspiracy in Death (In Dea... Loyalty in Death (In Death,... Witness in Death (In Death,... Judgment in Death (In Death... Betrayal in Death (In Death... Seduction in Death (In Deat... Reunion in Death (In Death,... Purity in Death (In Death, ... Portrait in Death (In Death... Imitation in Death (In Deat... Divided in Death (In Death,... Visions in Death (In Death,... Survivor In Death (In Death... Origin in Death (In Death, ... Memory in Death (In Death, ... Born in Death (In Death, #23) Innocent in Death (In Death... Creation in Death (In Death... Strangers in Death (In Deat... Salvation in Death (In Deat... Promises in Death (In Death... Kindred in Death (In Death,... Fantasy in Death (In Death,... Indulgence in Death (In Dea... Treachery in Death (In Deat... New York to Dallas (In Deat... Celebrity in Death (In Deat... Delusion in Death (In Death... Calculated in Death (In Dea... Thankless in Death (In Deat... Concealed in Death (In Deat... Festive in Death (In Death,... Obsession in Death (In Deat... Devoted in Death (In Death,... Brotherhood in Death (In De... Apprentice in Death (In Dea... Echoes in Death (In Death, ...

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This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

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James Says 

It’s just a stock photo skyline. Nothing cool here at all.

Kim Says 

On the topic of covers (and titles) all looking the same… Boring.

Rituals (Cainsville #5) by Kelley Armstrong

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Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

Omens (Cainsville, #1) Visions (Cainsville, #2) Deceptions (Cainsville, #3) Betrayals (Cainsville, #4)

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The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s “impossible-to-put-down” Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

When Olivia Taylor-Jones found out she was not actually the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers, her life exploded. Running from the fall-out, she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois, but she couldn’t resist trying to dig out the truth about her birth parents’ crimes. She began working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer who also had links to the town; their investigation soon revealed Celtic mysteries at work in Cainsville, and also entangled Olivia in a tense love triangle with the calculating Gabriel and her charming biker boyfriend, Ricky. Worse, troubling visions revealed to Olivia that the three of them were reenacting an ancient drama pitting the elders of Cainsville against the mysterious Huntsmen with Olivia as the prize.

In the series’ fifth and final novel, not only does Gabriel’s drug addict mother, who he thought was dead, make a surprise reappearance, but Kelley Armstrong delivers a final scary and surprising knock-out twist. It turns out a third supernatural force has been at work all along, a dark and malevolent entity that has had its eye on Olivia since she was a baby and wants to win at any cost.

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James Says 

Isn’t Kelly Armstrong successful enough to rate a real cover? Just a stock photo tree and a stock photo moon, no thanks!

Kim Says 

That yellow isn’t the easiest thing to read. Perhaps in real life it’ll be a bit shinier? Still, I like the spooky branches.

Dating the Undead (V-Date.com #1) by Juliet Lyons

Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Goodreads

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Alternate cover edition for ISBN10: 1492645303

It’s Bridget Jones with vampires in this fresh and funny paranormal romance from debut author Juliet Lyons

When Silver Harris kisses sexy Irish vampire Logan Byrne on New Year’s Eve, she knows other humans just won’t suffice. Convinced she’ll never see him again, she joins the uber-popular vampire dating site, V-Date.com.

What Silver doesn’t know is that the site is more dangerous than she could ever imagined, and soon she’s in over her head. When Logan returns, sparks fly and attraction sizzles, but they’ll have to escape some very real demons if they have any chance of lasting forever.

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James Says 

I’ll say it is great that he has a shirt and face, but he looks more of a sickly yellow-green then a pale white vampire. Poor photo
editing here.

Kim Says 

He has a shirt and he has a face, which is always a plus. I like that the cover doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I hope the book is as fun.

SEAL Wolf Undercover (Heart of the Wolf #22) by Terry Spear

Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Goodreads

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Heart of the Wolf (Heart of... Destiny of the Wolf (Heart ... To Tempt the Wolf (Heart of... Legend of the White Wolf (H... Seduced by the Wolf (Heart ... Wolf Fever (Heart of the Wo... Heart of the Highland Wolf ... Dreaming of the Wolf (Heart... A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing (... A Howl for a Highlander (He... A Highland Werewolf Wedding... A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Hear... Silence of the Wolf (Heart ... Hero of a Highland Wolf (He... A Highland Wolf Christmas (... SEAL Wolf Hunting (Heart of... A Silver Wolf Christmas (He... SEAL Wolf In Too Deep (Hear... Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply (...

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Navy SEAL wolf turned PI Vaughn Greystroke has always worked alone. But when a string of attempted shifter murders put him in the path of an alluring–and potentially dangerous–she-wolf, having a partner doesn’t sound so bad…

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James Says 

Shirtless shapeshifter. Nothing new here.

Kim Says 

No shirt, but at least he has a gun and dog tags? So we can hope he’s trained to shoot it and it’s not just the male version of a wolf handbag? Minus points for the floating wolf head. There MUST be a better way to show that someone is a werewolf. There MUST be!

Her Dark Half (X-Ops #7) by Paige Tyler

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Goodreads

Covers in Series

Her Perfect Mate (X-Ops, #1) Her Lone Wolf (X-Ops, #2) Her Wild Hero (X-Ops, #3) Her Fierce Warrior (X-Ops, #4) Her Rogue Alpha (X-Ops #5) Her True Match (X-Ops, #6)

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Coyote shifter Trevor Maxwell is teamed up with CIA agent Alina Bosch to catch a killer. But when the mission becomes much more dangerous than they expected, they’re going to have to ignore the attraction between them and learn how to trust one another to come out on the other side…

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James Says 

Still not a huge fan of the cover, but I have to give them props. The X-Ops series has turned a new page with their covers. Both models are clothed!

Kim Says 

They’re both dressed! And they both look ready for action! And not a single floating disembodied head in sight! Love it!

Alien Education (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #15) by Gini Koch

Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by DAW

Source: Goodreads

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Touched by an Alien (Kather... Alien Tango (Katherine "Kit... Alien in the Family (Kather... Alien Proliferation (Kather... Alien Diplomacy (Katherine ... Alien vs. Alien (Katherine ... Alien in the House (Katheri... Alien Research (Katherine "... Alien Collective (Katherine... Universal Alien (Katherine ... Alien Separation (Katherine... Alien in Chief (Katherine "... Camp Alien (Katherine "Kitt... Alien Nation (Katherine "Ki...

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James Says 

While I’m normally a huge fan of the Katherine Kitty Kat covers this one seems just a bit off from normal. However, it is still miles
above most covers these days.

Kim Says 

These covers always have really good movement and action, even if they do look very similar to each other.

Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison

Expected publication: August 2017

Source: Goodreads

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Moonshadow (Moonshadow, #1)

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From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….

Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is betrayal…

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James Says 

Wow, just wow. I’m pretty speechless. I think Kim put it better than I could.

Kim Says 

I can’t… Was he putting his shirt on or taking it off when someone lit the purple crowd-control flares? Did he not expect it, is that why he looks so surprised? This is terrible.

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One Response to “Cover Art Coverage: 9 New Titles!”

  1. Dani

    I love Thea Harrison, but the Spellbinder cover is awful! With the lighting on his naked chest, he looks like he has man-boobs instead of man pecs. With the shadow placement, he looks like he has more cleavage than I do! Not sexy.